"It was very nice. ... I had a couple of my trainers tell me that Jaime had trained them," said Groves, who had done all her training at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where Drennan had worked for 31 years and where Groves will now work. "So it was kind of fitting."
Anthony and Dolores "Dolly" Sacchetti presented the award on behalf of their late daughter.
"She was so exemplary at her job," said Dolly Sacchetti of her daughter. "She loved her job, especially working with the technology.
"It makes her father and I feel blessed to be able to help someone else."
School Committee Chairman Daniel J. Maloney Jr. congratulated the 29 graduates of the school's postsecondary programs in cosmetology, medical assisting, dental assisting and surgical technology in acquiring new skills and newfound confidence.
"The success of our community is dependent on people working together as you go through life," he said.
He encouraged them to communicate with their clients, patients and residents to "better understand their needs and better serve them."
"The careers you've chosen are critical to the Berkshires," Maloney said. "What you learned at McCann is just the beginning, learning is really a lifelong process."
And those skills will help them gain "a career that will hopefully make a better life for you and your family."
Heather Malloy and Kaiden.
For Groves, a Pittsfield High School graduate, the decision was in part prompted by the need to provide for her daughter, and gain a career beyond waiting tables.
"I've always liked the medical field," she said, plus "I didn't get grossed out ...
"This was something I needed to do."
Heather Malloy, a McCann graduate, had taken a few years to come to back around to her high school. She was going to school for medical assisting in Reno, Nev., but life, in the form of her now 2 1/2-year-old son Kaiden, brought her back to be near family.
Now with a certificate in hand, she has a part time job with a doctor in Bennington, Vt., but is hoping for more.
Still, Monday night was a significant step. "I wanted to finish my certificate," she said, noting she had to start over. "My goal, that was to finish school ... after five years."
Superintendent James Brosnan reminded the graduates of the family members — many waiting with cameras and flowers to greet the graduates — who has supported them over the past year.
"All of us assembled in this gymnasium tonight will benefit from your education, your expertise," he said.
Alicia Andrews, North Adams
Jenna Benoni, Florida
Ashley Bostic, Adams
Jamie LeTourneau, North Adams
Alyssa Mangiardi, Lanesborough
Alyssa Norcross, North Adams
Courtney Sage, North Adams
Zoe Tefft, North Adams
Emily Bullett, North Adams
Linda Cote, North Adams
Cashea Demary, Pittsfield
Patrice Dermody, Cheshire
Katielynn Hoffman, Pittsfield
Olivia Hyte, Cheshire
Robin Williams, Pittsfield
Sydney Zavatter, Pittsfield
Alyssa Bromley, Adams
Jennifer Derby, Pittsfield
Michelle Doucette, Pittsfield
Erica Garofalo, Pittsfield
Lindsay Grimes, Williamstown
Heather Malloy, North Adams
Than Nay, Pittsfield
Jennifer Racine, Adams
Kiersten Sweet, Adams
Rena Virgilio, Pittsfield
Adams Mountain Club Scholarship: Patrice Dermody, dental assisting Sharon Ferguson Memorial Scholarship: Emily Bullett, dental assisting Massachusetts Dental Society Scholarship: Katielynn Hoffman, dental assisting Dental Assisting National Board Stipend: Olivia Hyte and Katielynn Hoffman Jamie Sacchetti Drennan Memorial Scholarship: Shelby Groves, surgical technology
SkillsUSA State Competition Awards Silver Medal Winners:Dental Assisting: Robin Williams; Medical Assisting: Lindsay Grimes; Job Interview: Erika Garofalo, medical assisting Gold Medal Winners:Dental Assisting: Olivia Hyte, who will attend the national competition; Medical Assisting: Michelle Doucette
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